Fear Of Cancer and Hypnotism

Published: 01st June 2010
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The fear of cancer, also known as carcinophobia, is among the top ten most familiar phobias, and it's easy to imagine why. Nobody wishes to have cancer or see someone they love develop the disease. Although it is normal to want to avoid getting ill, people with cancer phobia have an extreme amount of fear that sometimes takes over their lives. Overcoming the fear of cancer used to take months or even years, but with more understanding of the condition and treatment techniques, this is no longer the case. Proven hypnotherapy techniques can help people regain their health and happiness.

It isn't hard to imagine what can cause a fear of cancer. This fear is associated with a fear of death, illness, and loss of control. Many people feel disturbed by a family member's experience with cancer. People who have lost a friend to cancer, or face the threat of the disease, live in fear of the moment when they are diagnosed with the disease.

The overwhelming anxiety brought on by carcinophobia can lead people to make illogical decisions. Some people constantly go to doctors to confirm they are not ill, while others avoid hospitals entirely, afraid of being diagnosed with an illness. Phobia sufferers will become worried if they feel the smallest signs of illness, such as a migraine, and wonder if it is cancer. They may do whatever it takes to avoid getting sick.

People suffering from carcinophobia often believe they have much to be afraid of. It's a persistent feeling that can affect both genders. A person might think, "Who will care for my family if I have cancer?" or agonize over other important concerns. The phobia of cancer can take a huge toll on sufferers and their loved ones.

Some people can manage their fears by simply avoiding the cause of their anxiety. Arachnophobia sufferers can often get along by avoiding spiders, and claustrophobic people take care to avoid tight, enclosed spaces such as crowded rooms. Carcinophobia, however, is a different story. Carcinophobia is largely triggered by an individual's deepest thoughts and anxieties. It can be devastating for someone to experience a fear they simply can't escape. This puts many people with carcinophobia in a chronic state of worry.

Many different phobia treatments are in use today. Common ones involve therapy and anti-anxiety drugs. Traditional counseling can generate good results, but it often takes a long time, up to many years for some people. Prescription medication works to relieve an individual's anxiety, but it doesn't treat the underlying causes of a deep-rooted fear. Hypnosis is another option that delivers permanent results in a shorter period of time than other treatments. Hypnosis is now a popular choice because it's a non-invasive, safe, and effective choice of treatment.

Hypnosis combines stress-relief practices with fear relief to rapidly eliminate a phobia. A thorough program will begin with relaxation therapy to help relieve the emotional distress caused by fear. Once a person feels relaxed and stress-free, hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques work to guide the unconscious mind into following a new, phobia-free line of thought.

Traditional hypnotherapy utilizes direct, post-hypnotic commands to eliminate a fear. This method is highly effective when a person is responsive to it. The problem is, these traditional techniques may not work because many people are inclined to question post-hypnotic suggestions and resist direct suggestions.

A serious phobia such as cancer phobia requires a more advanced type of treatment such as Ericksonian hypnosis. This type of hypnotherapy works best for people who tend to be logical, and who are experiencing recurring fear and anxiety. It utilizes indirect suggestions in conversations, metaphors, and stories to help them overcome their phobias.

NLP is a technology that does not depend on suggestion at all, so it can work for anyone. In simple terms, NLP provides strategies to train the unconscious mind to use the same thought processes that are creating a symptom or fear, to extinguish it.

Since both hypnosis and NLP work at the unconscious level of the mind, clients describe feeling much more empowered and secure using these techniques.

With Traditional Hypnosis, programs usually need to be specific to each phobia. A benefit of a properly designed Ericksonian hypnotherapy and NLP program is that they are designed to be used on any phobia, or even multiple phobias. This is an ideal help to some cancer phobia sufferers who also struggle with other anxiety disorders, such as general hypochondria or germophobia.

The fear of cancer is a serious fear, but one that can be tackled by well designed hypnosis techniques. NLP techniques are a leading fear therapy because of their effectiveness at addressing the root of all fears and not just the signs and symptoms. Novel Ericksonian hypnotherapy and NLP techniques can help even the most severe phobia sufferers overcome their phobias permanently.

Alan B. Densky, CH is a certified hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner in practice since 1978. He can be reached through his Self-Hypnosis website where he offers panic attacks hypnosis CDs. Visit his hypnosis library, or download a free MP3.

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